Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pumpkin Carving

Friday night was pumpkin carving night here. We carved 4 pumpkins this year. We all used patterns except Bella. She decided to go with her own vision, lol. :) Left to right, Bella's carved solo, Julianne's with Daniel's assistance, Xander's carved entirely by me (he was NOT into pumpkins this year), and Leia's with assistance from me.
This picture was the extent of Xander's cooperation with pumpkins. The face says it all. I believe his exact words were "I NOT doing this."
What can I say, he's his father's son. Daniel hates pumpkin guts too. Wimps.
Bella and Juli were troopers and did their own gutting. We are women, hear us roar. In this house we are definitely numbers too big to ignore.
A very unflattering picture of me helping Leia. Only posting it on the blog because it is a cute picture of her. Vanity be darned. ;-)

Happy Halloween

Cleopatra, Princess Peach, and Princess Zelda. Scooby Doo was very tired and screaming "I NOT DOING IT!" about wearing his costume. So he rode over to the Trunk or Treat in his t-shirt and pull-up and got his costume on in the parking lot. He really came around on wearing it when he realized there was candy involved. I had to put his costume back on this afternoon to take his picture. :)

Leia struck that pose all on her own. I don't know where she learned it, maybe preschool. Julianne finally smiles.

This costume was the most time consuming, but I was happy with how it turned out. I totaled up the costume making hours to around 20 hours all together. I don't think that was too bad for 3 costumes.

It is always hard to get a good picture of the pumpkins. My Dr Who pumpkin got a lot of response, but very few people knew who Dr Who was. They kept calling it a police man, because of the "police box" in the image. Technically it was Xander's Dr Who. He wanted nothing to do with carving a pumpkin, so I carved his. Xander and Leia's pumpkins are in the top picture. Bella's is on the left in the bottom picture, Juli and Daniel carved Sleeping Beauty together (she requested assistance).

Thursday, October 28, 2010


and Marc Antony in drag. Leia got to bring/wear one piece of her costume to preschool today. We went with the most logical piece, her head piece. I made it with a cereal box, some gold lame and black transparent fabric, craft jewels, a strand of mini Christmas tree garland, a stretchy headband, hot glue, duct tape, and fishing line. It was a big hit at preschool. Yay!
Xander could not allow me to take a picture of Leia without putting it on and pointing at the camera. he wanted me to take his picture too.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Silly Hat Day

It was silly hat day at school today. I was quite pleased with myself for being on the ball this year. The past few years I haven't done the best job of remembering these things. I blame it on the babies. :) Yesterday was crazy sock day, which we also totally nailed with some knee high Belle and Cheshire Cat socks from the Target dollar spot. Go us!Xander has been refusing to nap all week and is driving me completely insane with the non stop requests for my undivided attention. Luckily Bella saved my sanity by reading him his requested story, the Poky Little Puppy...repeatedly...despite the fact that he insists on calling her "Chuli". He calls all 3 of his sisters "Chuli". He's only right 1/3 of the time. Oh Poky Little Puppy, you make me miss the days of reading the same Care Bear book to Bella 17 times a day, circa 2003. I hate the Poky Little Puppy.
11 pound dog....37 pound bag of food. How long will it take him to eat it? Only time will tell. The 10 pound bag usually lasts him 2 months.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Ninja

The Ninja - by Bella

My family started driving to Six Flags. When we got there my dad took me and my sister to a roller coaster called the Ninja. I asked my dad if it went upsidedown. My dad said it didn't and at first I believed him. Soon a woman told us which lane to go into. We looked over and found the lane. It had rust on the bars. "Ew" I shrieked. My sister didn't look too happy either. The gate opened and we climbed inside the carts. They looked uneven and dirty. The damp bumpy bars shined. Then we started to move. We were jolted down the hill. "Ah" I screamed. My stomach dropped. I saw tracks ahead. They twisted upsidedown. Panic rose up inside me as we whipped around corners. But what could I do? So I did what comes naturally as we approached the tracks, I screamed my head off of course! My dads glasses were rapidly slipping off his face. When I was sure the last of it was over I yelled "You said it didn't go upsidedown!" I roared. "Sorry I didn't know." he yelled back.

I shakily climbed out, my legs were wobbling. "That was horrible" I croaked. My dad laughed and we walked off to meet my mom, brother, and littlest sister. So that is why I will never forget that terrifying ride.

*Good job providing fodder for our kids' writing assignments Daniel.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

5 minutes plus some trash

I saw a really cute stacked, painted wood pumpkin on a friend's blog this afternoon. I still totally plan on making one, but don't know how to use the saw, and don't have enough orange paint on hand. So that project will have to wait until another day. I wanted a little instant gratification though. So, I picked up some wood scraps off the garage floor and hammered them into another wood scrap. Used the tiny bit of orange paint I had laying around, some green, and a sharpie marker...and 5 minutes later...voila! Excuse the dead plant that needs to be replaced. I know it's not a work of art, but for a 5 minute project using trash on my garage floor...I thought it was kinda cute.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Prepare Yourselves...

I've officially crossed over the line into the territory of people who dress their dogs in clothes. Can you blame me? Look at him. If you are in Houston, and are looking to get a pet...please consider adoption. Furry Pals rescued Percy from a kill shelter, got him updated on all of his vet care, and picked us to be his family. He is such a good boy...aside from some overzealous barking. View their adoptable pets here. :)

Recent Leia-isms disk is itchy...ITCHY! (scratched dvd)

There's a little piece of Pa-kart out here in the grass! (poptart)

Look, look...I put this french fry riiiiiight heeeere....and....BEAVER TEETH!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pumpkin Farm

We took the kids to a pumpkin patch this morning. I've been meaning to take them to this particular one the past couple of years, but we finally did it today. I took too many pictures, and am very bad about choosing which ones to post. These are a small fraction of the total.

It was a bit of a long drive, and Daniel and I were both exhausted before we even got started (Xander hasn't been sleeping well). I think the kids really enjoyed it though, so it was totally a worthwhile endeavor. Happy October y'all! In Texas we sweat while picking pumpkins.
We didn't have much time after getting home from the pumpkin farm, but managed to slap together a quick rocket to fire off at a friend's 30th birthday get together. I snapped one quick picture of ours going up from the spot where Percy and I were sitting. :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Things that go on while I'm cooking dinner...

I was cooking dinner and when I laid eyes on this the first thing I thought was, Little Edie Beale. The question is...does that make me Big Edie?

I think this photo should be titled "This is the best outfit for the day." If you haven't seen the movie that title may be lost on you. I'm taking it as a bad sign that my shoes essentially fit my 9 year old. Daddy's girl.


Cough...NERDs...cough. Daniel bought a robot from his company to work on some home robotics projects with the kids. They were entranced, as you would expect...half of their DNA is his.I would insert some complaints here about all of the house projects he needs to be finishing instead of programming a robot with the kids...but childhood is temporary and we theoretically have a lifetime to finish house projects...if I can stay sane that long.

Perhaps they can program a robot to DO THE HOUSE PROJECTS. Hmm, highly unlikely.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Teen Mom

Please tell me I'm not the only 32 year old woman with this on my DVR. I don't think I've watched MTV since I graduated high school...until I somehow ended up watching the show Teen Mom. I actually saw an episode when this group was originally in 16 & pregnant. It is so hard to stop watching once you've seen one episode. I've cried more watching this show than any time in recent memory. It is heartbreaking. Really heartbreaking. I think it is an important topic to highlight though, and I hope it serves its purpose. Tell me I'm not the only adult watching this darn show? Anybody?

Monday, October 11, 2010

3 down...1 to go

Blogging has taken a backseat to various parenting duties. Princess Peach costume is finished! I just have to pull off this Princess Zelda insanity and I can move on with my life. Hopefully that will be soon.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Classy. Stained "drummer wanted" t-shirt, pull-up, old cowboy boots, backpack, plastic dome helmet. It says, cowboy, scholar, astronaut, rock star. It's definitely a look.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Boston Conference Trip

I accompanied Daniel on work trip to attend/speak at a conference in Boston last week. Grammy held the fort while we were gone. (Side note: I recently learned that the correct expression should be held the fort, not held down the fort, if you can trust the YouTube video that I was watching of course...I watch a lot of strange things for work)
(View from our hotel room)
I did not take very many pictures sadly. I was enjoying my freedom, and carrying my big camera with me at all times on every trip so that I can capture the fleeting childhood moments of my not relaxing. So, I tend to slack off on the photos when they aren't with me.

(Front of the Boston Public Library)
We arrived on Sunday night, took a cab to the hotel, checked in, then ran next door to PF Changs to grab dinner before everything closed (it was almost 10pm). On Monday morning, Daniel's conference attendance pass had some kind of problem and he had to wait for a lady back at work to fix the problem, so he went on the Freedom Trail walking tour with me in the morning. It was great, but I killed my hip joints for the week walking like 6 miles in bad shoes.
(Church whose name I've forgotten at this point)
There were so many cool graves. I think the inscription on this one was my favorite though.

Don't remember the name of this building, but the Boston Massacre happened basically right in front of it. I love the unicorn on the top.
Paul Revere's tomb
John Hancock Memorial

Our tour guide

After our tour, Daniel had gotten his conference attendance issue resolved, so he headed back to the hotel. I walked a very slow and meandering path back. Partially because I wanted to see a few things, partially because my hips were killing me, partially because the GPS on my phone is crap when it comes to tracking walking directions. I ate a delicious burger and fries at a place called B Goode's. They had pictures of the local farmers who provided the beef, potatoes, seasonal veggies etc for the restaurant on the walls. I also stopped in the Boston Common to sit for awhile on my journey back.

Monday was my 32nd birthday...yikes...I went out to dinner with Daniel and some random co-workers of his, to a place called Skip Jacks, or something like that. It was pretty good. I was embarrassed to be sung to by complete strangers instead of my kids. It was weird.

Tuesday I mostly hung around the Prudential center and the hotel room all day. I reviewed Daniel's slides for typos and glaring grammar errors. Not that I am not the queen of casual writing with no respect to rules. Daniel and I went to a substandard Uno's grill for a quick dinner and then went to see Wicked at the Boston Opera House. I really liked it. Daniel thought it was okay/mildly enjoyable. We walked to and from the Opera House instead of taking a cab, because we were clearly insane. It was another 3+ miles of heels and a skirt that kept blowing up in the wind.

Wednesday, I did some more reading and hanging around the immediate area of the hotel during the day. Daniel managed to convince me to go out with the co-workers again that evening. We took cabs to Charlestown. The restaurant that they wanted to go to had a long wait so we ate at a different Italian place whose name I can't remember. I had good eggplant parmesan. At 32 years old I went to a bar for the first time. The group had a hard time believing that that was possible. They wanted to go to Cheers, and we didn't want to be downers and ditch them, so I sat at Cheers and drank a Diet Coke. When we left there, most of them were heading to yet another bar, so we decided to head back to the hotel.

Thursday morning Daniel went to one last session of his conference, we picked up some souvenirs for the kids and then headed back to the airport and headed home.

And that my my trip summary. 2 trips sans kids in 1 was CRAZY! We were batting 1 trip sans kids every 5 years before 2010. They are growing up a little.